Celebrity chefs James Martin, Hairy Biker Dave Myers and Brian Turner are among some of the big names coming to BBC Daytime in a line-up of new programmes for this autumn.
TV cook James Martin spearheads a nationwide campaign designed to bring communities together and tackle the growing issue of loneliness in the UK in ‘Meet The Street’: a series of five 45 minute episodes which will appear on BBC1 in late Autumn. It sees celebrities go back to a street they grew up on to find out who lives there now and help them set up a real social network.
Dave Myers (Hairy Bikers), Dom Littlewood (Don’t Get Done Get Dom), Helen Skelton (Holiday Hit Squad, Blue Peter), and Alex Jones (The One Show) visit their old haunts and inspire the locals to come together by creating a fun community event. James also meets those on the frontline of tackling loneliness to find out what can be done to prevent and tackle isolation.
And on BBC1 in early Autumn, chef Brian Turner joins forces with writer and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter to discover a true ‘Taste Of Britain’. Each programme focuses on one county or region in which Brian and Janet seek out not only the best local food producers, but also explore the history, wildlife and local traditions that make each area so special.
Finally, ‘Oxford Street’, which goes out on BBC1 in the Autumn, focuses on the busiest shopping street in Europe, with over 200 million people visiting the mile and a half stretch a year. BBC Daytime controller Damian Kavanagh said: “This retail destination is one of the most expensive places in Britain to run a shop and one of the most lucrative. So with all that going on, what does it take to keep the street and its population of workers, residents and eager shoppers going? In this new series we’ll see exactly what makes the country’s most famous shopping street tick.”